How to Make Your Beehive Thrive

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Beekeeping is a rewarding job or a hobby, but it also comes with many challenges. The prognosis for the future is always grim for the bees, and it seems like they might be coming true. However, no matter how many challenges beekeeping can provide for the bee owner, there’s nothing that can’t be overcome with some planning. So, if you’re set on trying to start your own colony, here’s how you can make it thrive. 

Choose a good location

Both bees and beekeepers can benefit from a good location. In an urban setting, you can have a few hives as a hobby, just make sure to check the laws of the area. However, cooperating with a partner who has property outside of town can be a great idea. Their land probably offers plenty of trees and plants that will encourage your bees to produce plenty of honey. And you can share the profit with the landowner, it’s an easy agreement. When beekeeping away from home, make sure to have a good vehicle that will allow you to take good care of your colonies. 

Consider the wind

Good ventilation is very important for bees, but too much cold wind getting directly into the hive can pose a big problem. Be sure to position the hives’ entrance away from the wind and build fencing or buildings to create cover from the wind

Get them good housing

Bees need a good home that will allow them to build comb, store food and raise young. Today, there are many types of hives available on the market, so if you’re a beginner, you might find yourself utterly confused. Luckily, you can find comprehensive beehive reviews online that will allow you to compare prices, sizes, mobility, components and materials. Providing your bees with good housing will give you the best results in the end, so doing your homework is crucial.  

Keep them well hydrated

Bees are keen on water (even though they’re bad swimmers), so you need to keep them hydrated. Ideally, your source of water would be natural and close by so your bees don’t have to spend a lot of energy to reach it. Nearby streams, ponds and canals are always a good option. If you need to set up an artificial water source, place it at least 10 feet away from the colonies, so they can communicate the location of the water well between each other. And keep in mind that bees are creatures of habit, so it will be hard to get them to use another water source once they get used to something. 

Provide them with plenty of sun

Bees showered with the sun will be active and healthy. At least five to six hours of sunlight even in the winter is a crucial element of a thriving beehive. However, if you live in an area with strong afternoon sun, you want to have some shade for easier cooling—you don’t want them to use up all their energy on this tiring task. 

Give them food

Finally, providing your bees with practical food sources is crucial. Early spring nectar will feed your bees well after a cold winter, so you want to have plenty of nutritious spring flowers around. However, since wildflowers dry up quickly, expect the bees to go through their honey supplies fast if there’s no other food around. In that case, a nearby hayfield with some clover will come in handy and make your bees satisfied all through the dry season. But, make sure to learn about crops and what chemicals are used on them (many insecticides are deadly to bees).


Buying hives and filling them with bees won’t get you far in this business. However, constant education on the subject and careful hive management will get you good results and allow you to enjoy your little buzzing friends. We hope this article was helpful in providing tips on how to make your beehive thrive.

About Michael Simmonds

Michael Simmonds is an American beekeeper with more than two decades of experience in beekeeping. His journey with bees began in his youth, sparking a lifelong passion that led him to start his own apiary at the tender age of 15. Throughout the years, Simmonds has refined his beekeeping skills and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge concerning honeybee biology and behavior. Simmonds' early exposure to beekeeping ignited a fascination with these pollinators, influencing his decision to establish BeeKeepClub in 2016. The website was created with the aim to serve as the ultimate resource for beginners interested in beekeeping. Under Simmonds' guidance, BeeKeepClub provides comprehensive information to novices, including the basics of beekeeping, the different types of bees and hives, the selection of hive locations, and the necessary beekeeping equipment. In addition, the site offers detailed reviews of beekeeping tools to help enthusiasts make informed decisions and get the best value for their investment​​. His contributions to the beekeeping community through BeeKeepClub are substantial, offering both educational content and practical advice. The website covers a wide array of topics, from starting an apiary to harvesting honey, all reflecting Simmonds' extensive experience and passion for the field. Simmonds’ approach is hands-on and educational, focusing on the importance of understanding bees and the environment in which they thrive. His work not only guides beginners through their beekeeping journey but also reflects a commitment to the well-being of bees. Michael Simmonds has dedicated a significant part of his life to bees and beekeeping, and through BeeKeepClub, he has made this knowledge accessible to a broader audience. His work undoubtedly embodies a blend of expertise, authority, and trustworthiness in the realm of beekeeping.
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